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Service Learning as Action
Service Learning is a compulsory element of the CP core, constituting a minimum 50 hours of the student's CP course. Whether you are well established in your DP and CP course offerings or completely new to the CP as you prepare for authorisation, consider using Service Learning as a way to focus on skill development explicitly. Another way for them to make connections with other elements of their course but also prepare for the skills they will truly need in the future.
CP news for coordinators and CP teachers
Here you will find updates on the CP that may well be relevant to your context as well as spotlights on key areas of philsosophy and curriculum with additional support material to aid collaboration and understanding amongst staff and students. Creating a greater concurrency between programmes forms a major part of your five year plan as you work towards evaluation. The focus predominantly here is on the core and how it can draw together all aspects of the CP experience for the students.
Developing core needs
The Career-related Programme core makes the programme unique. It is a substantial course designed to focus on the individual students' needs and personal and professional development. It is also a place where students can reflect on and connect their individual DP and CRS courses and make a truly concurrent, student centred learning experience. Whilst the IB provides the framework and regulations must be adhered to, it is up to the school to create courses that bespoke for the needs, interests and background of their students.
Is empathy a skill we can learn?
Understanding empathy can be tricky - least of all differentiating it from sympathy. Through the work of neuro psychologists and academics, we explore its definition and real world application. Students can explore their own reactions to situations and judge for themselves the impact employing empathy can have. This is particularly helpful for students embarking on the reflective project and learning that multiple perspectives can be difficult to navigate. See this page as part of an 'empathy toolbox' for the students' personal development.
Students need to develop and be able to utilise a wide range of thinking skills to be able to thrive. This page introduces this theme and demonstrates different directions it can be taken in. Furthermore, from here you will be able to explore topics that enable students to get to grips with Fake news, reflect successfully, use thinking routines across their subjects and know how to question for impact. The ideas is for students to create a toolbox of skills that they can access when appropriate.
Being an effective communicator is a key capability for the workplaces of the future. This page introduces this theme and demonstrates different directions it can be taken in. New for Autumn 2020 are a series of lesson ideas that tackle the additional obstacles students might face in the context of everything 2020 has thrown at us. All topics clearly state learning objectives and multiple themes targetted helpful for curriculum planning.
What is the Reflective Project?
The reflective project is one of the four elements that make up the core programme unique to the CP. Focusing on the process as much as the product, it is an independent piece of work that focuses on an ethical dilemma stemming from the student's career-related studies. Most importantly, the reflective project really is the culmination of a multitude of skills the students have developed throughout their CRS, DP subjects and the other elements of the core.
The personal development of the student is clearly paramount in the CP. This page introduces the theme for students to find their motivation, vision and 'buy-in' they need for their CP course and life beyond. Topics such as Setting expectations and Confidence building, as well as Stress management and specific focus on Careers, Pathways and Life Skills are coming soon. Ready made lessons, research and all clearly indicate learning objectives and multiple themes addressed.
Finding the ethical dimension, issue and dilemma
Finding a suitable ethical issue and dilemma to analyse critically is at the centre of the reflective project process. However a student also needs to be able to understand the ethical ramifications of their chosen issue and dilemma so they will need strategies to help apply ethical principles. It can be really tricky. Help is here with this page which explores definitions and gives helpful activity suggestions. Use these as well as Ethical Thinking for ideas on how to differentiate between terms with ease and how to help students access the skills they need.
Why does the research question matter so much?
Without the right research question, there is a limit to how successful the whole reflective project can be. Yes, students will still have the opportunity to employ ethical, critical and reflective thinking but it is parallel to trying to run a marathon in flip flops. A question that is too narrow or too broad will make the process far more difficult. It can be frustrating to focus on something so seemingly small. Below are exercises that explore the ramifications of getting the question wrong.